Betfred ordered to pay blackjack player $2.3 million winnings
The High Court of England and Wales has ruled that Betfred must pay a player from Lincolnshire £1.7 million ($2.3 million), which he previously won in blackjack. Prior to this, the bookmaker withheld this amount due to an alleged software glitch.
Betfred said in a statement: “Mr. Green has won the jackpot three times on a game provided by one of our third party providers. The partner informed us about the problem with the software and advised us to delay the payment. However, we will comply with the court's decision and do not intend to appeal it. We would like to apologize to Mr. Green for the delay."
This episode dates from January 2018, when Andrew Green, 54, from the small British village of Washingtonborough, won the jackpot on the blackjack app Frankie Dettori's Magic Seven. However, in the end, the bookmaker refused to pay out the money, claiming some software error. Instead, the company offered Green £60,000 in compensation on the condition that he sign a non-disclosure agreement and promise not to involve the press in this event.
Green refused such conditions, and in April 2019 filed a lawsuit in the London High Court against Betfred's partner, Gibraltar's Petfred, in the amount of £2 million. With this, he wanted to cover the interest on his retained winnings. The authority considered this claim for a long time, but in the end ruled in favor of the applicant. The High Court ruled that Betfred must honor its contractual obligations.
“Together with my family, I went through a very difficult time and became very depressed. My physical health also suffered greatly. Sometimes I wished I had won this money because it made my life miserable. But today I feel like the whole world has been lifted off my shoulders. This is an incredibly happy moment. You can get champagne out of the ice and savor it,” Green said in an interview with the BBC.
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